If you're thinking of dishing out sugary morsels to your guests, you'll want to hear Bridget from Christchurch's J'aime Les Macarons top treat-selection tips.
Choose your bakery carefully.
Find an experienced vendor that specialises in your treat of choice – this way you can be sure the product meets a high standard. A good patisserie will use quality ingredients, and this will shine through with punchy flavours and sumptuous texture – as opposed to a macaron that looks pretty but has an indistinguishable taste.
Keep practicality top of mind.
What we love about well-made macarons is that as well as a sumptuous, chewy texture, they are aesthetically beautiful and can be made to suit any colour palette. It’s essential that your favours can be packed easily and that they can travel well – in my experience macarons, biscuits or wrapped lollies work better than a gooey slice or delicate, meltable chocolates.
Presentation is key.
Our favourite look is a small white box, tied with a bow, containing a single, colourfulmacaron. It’s a stylish, simple and delicious surprise. If you’re looking to create more of a wow-factor, consider positioning a tower of macarons on your dessert table. To save yourself time in those last days leading up to the wedding, ask your baker whether they can organise the packaging or display for you. Baked goods can only be created quite close to ‘I do’– you’ll appreciate having one more job ticked off in those final days.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the square.
At any one time, we have around 18 different flavours available. We have both a classic and a seasonal collection of macarons, with the seasonal menu changing twice a year. Each collection boasts a broad range of flavours including chocolate, rose, pistachio or lemon, or for the adventurous, liquorice, mojito or balsamic vinegar and raspberry. Don’t be afraid to ask your baker for a unique creation: if there isn’t a macaron available that fits with a couple’s palette, they simply provide us with a colour swatch, and we can match the macarons to suit. We have created around 120 flavours over time, so are always keen to try new ideas according to a couple’s preference.
But if in doubt, we always say go ‘tried and true’.
Some flavours are universal crowd-pleasers – for us, it’s our salted butter caramel macaron. We’ve been making it for about four years and it’s an absolute classic – customers have been known to cry in store when it has sold out!
We recommend placing an order at least four weeks out from the big day. The macarons will arrive the day before, and should be kept in a cool place.